Monthly Archives: March 2016

March 31, 1916

Ashbourne had its own hero lauded this week in March 1915 – Captain Thomas Erskine Wardle – officer in charge of the converted cruise ship RMS Alcantara. “The whole country – the whole of the British Empire are loud in … Continue reading

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March 24, 1916

  Although huge numbers of men had answered the call the arms by 1916 the Government had been forced to bring in conscription in an effort to meet the Army’s demands for reinforcements. The Military Service Act, which came into … Continue reading

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March 17 1916

A letter from Private J Robinson to the Ashbourne Telegraph revealed that ‘the old game’ of Shrovetide Football had been played in France by soldiers originating from the town. “The ball which was kindly sent out by the Ashbourne people … Continue reading

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March 10, 1916

The Ashbourne Telegraph dated March 10, 1916, reported that for the second year Shrovetide Football had been played ‘under the shadow of the great war’. Two large photographs illustrated the page, which carried the multi-deck headlines: Ye Ancient Game, Vigorous … Continue reading

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March 3, 1916

Many Ashbourne soldiers had been killed in action, but there was a fatality closer to home this week in 1916. Sapper James Owen Jones of the Royal Engineers, a patient at the Red Cross Hospital in the town, died. The … Continue reading

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